Getxo is very diverse, people of all kinds live here. There are many neighbourhoods and many buildings but the city itself hasn’t got many high-rise buildings. The thing that distinguises Getxo is the amount of palaces and elegant houses there are. Expecially in the neighbourhood of Neguri.
Neguri has always be the neighbourhood of the rich and the basque businessmans. Ybarra, Chavarri, Lezama-Leguizamon, Delclaux... This people became rich during the industrial growth of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Originally they lived in Bilbao but they decide to establish in a flat confortable valley near the town of Getxo. The place was called Neguri, which means “Winter City” in basque.
As it happens in other cities, like in London for example with the west and east ends. Here as well there is a distinction. While the workers lived in Barakaldo, Portugalete, Santurtzi and cities in general located in the left side of the river, rich famillies (owners of the companies and factories in general), lived in the right side. This created a clasist feeling that even today still it’s in the mind of some people.
However, not everybody in Getxo is “acomodated”, most of the habitants are “normal”. The city has five beaches, Areeta, Ereaga, Azkorri, Arrietara and Arrigunaga. The first one, due to its location it a bit poluted. A sportive harbour, with a mall, cinemas and different facilities and so on.
The industrial crisis didn’t affect the growth of the city and the population has continued to grow steadily, right now it’s the fifth largest city in the Basque Country.